RMIT Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management) students have combined creativity and design skills with ethical practice in their Product Development course showcase.
Students displayed their project designs at the end-of-semester showcase, which was attended by fellow students, industry representatives, and RMIT Vietnam staff.
“Our student work in the Product Development course is inspired by social causes; for example, the Guardian Angel project is influenced by the suffering of human trafficking,” said Victoria Eskdale, Associate Lecturer in the School of Communication & Design.
“The RMIT fashion department collaborated with Mark Your Wall, a local company concerned with social entrepreneurship. A percentage of the sales [from the Guardian Angel project] will go to prevent human trafficking through the charity Pacific Links.”
The Guardian Angels student group display used fabric inspired by colourful Vietnamese walls, with digitally edited photos of the walls printed on the fabric.
“I have created a collection inspired by those who suffer from human trafficking. Their story is told through fashion garments,” said fashion student Nguyen Thuy Yen Nhi.
“Consumers buying the collection are ‘guardian angels’, as their contribution goes back into society.”
Ms Eskdale noted the breadth of skills students learn in the course.
“Students undertake progressive assignments and take their projects from research right through to retail,” Ms Eskdale said.
Students develop their products using trend booklets, clothing ranges, and samples, and then produce and market the final garment.
After the on-campus showcase the fashion collections will later move to Ho Chi Minh City retail store L’Usine, where consumers can try and buy the products.
Story: Press Office